Patients’ stress, catastrophisation, fears or beliefs like they’re “bone on bone”, have a “slipped disc”, or that exercise will make their pain worse, can be real barriers to recovery or lead to persistent pain despite our best efforts in therapy.
Even when we recognise these barriers in our patients, we have to be careful to use appropriate communication strategies, otherwise our patients can become defensive, or even shut off and not listen to what we’re trying to say.
Effective communication can be really powerful in breaking down these barriers, and in this presentation Simon Olivotto (Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, FACP) will reveal how to establish trust and rapport, and ultimately help your patient address and overcome the barriers holding them back from recovery. You’ll also discover lots of practical tips, strategies & tactics that’ll help you:
Recognise and help patients overcome five common barriers to recovery:
- Pain catastrophising
- Fear avoidance
- Unhelpful beliefs
- Anger and sense of injustice
Successfully challenge unhelpful beliefs such as “slipped disc” or “bone on bone” without getting patients off-side or defensive.
Use communication & rehab strategies to overcome fear avoidance.
Motivate patients to try an exercise program or therapy they previously believed to be harmful.
Incorporate psychologically informed treatment strategies into stressed patients rehab.
How to best communicate with patients who are angry about their pain or past treatment and redirect their energy towards meaningful exercise and recovery strategies.
Understand when to refer patients to psychologists and mental health professionals.
Develop advanced communication skills and help your patients overcome their barriers to recovery with this presentation now.